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July 13th, 2011 12:01 am WW Culture Staff | Scoop

We Are The Champions...Of The Cheese World.

scoop_edforman_3736ED FORMAN & PETER STORMARE - IMAGE: Brad Norton
  • I AM THE CHEESE: Portland’s own Steve Jones is officially the best cheesemonger in the world. Now, devotees of Jones’ Cheese Bar already knew this. But it’s nice to have it confirmed at the second annual Cheesemonger Invitational, held last Friday, July 8, in Long Island City, N.Y. Jones bested more than 40 competitors from around the globe in sniffing, tasting, cutting and plating cheese. His winning slate (a.k.a. cheese plate) featured “mountain cheese with [Portland’s] Xocolatl de Davíd bacon caramel popcorn.”
  • SECRET BACON: For those who feel no burger is complete without cured pork belly, Little Big Burger now offers bacon “pretty regularly now” according to a cook at the Mississippi Avenue location. But you won’t find it on the menu—until the bacon option is officially announced, you’ll have to ask for it.
  • SKYLINE COMES TO TOWN: According to an OLCC application, the owners of West Hills burger joint Skyline Restaurant are opening a second restaurant in the former Jay’s Mexican Restaurant space on Northeast Broadway.
  • THEY’RE IN THE MONEY: Broadway Rose Theatre Company’s world-premiere staging of Ripper, a new musical by Duane Nelsen about Jack the Ripper, got a major vote of confidence last week when the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Tigard company a $30,000 grant to support the production. Ripper runs Aug. 3-21 at the Deb Fennel Auditorium in Tigard.
  • IN THE MIX: Longtime Portland turntablist DJ Wicked scored enough votes in a contest on YouTube last week to secure a spot as the final competitor on the BET Network’s forthcoming Master of the Mix reality show. The contest required Wicked, a “vinyl purist to the core,” to learn to use digital software on the fly for his YouTube presentation—but apparently he’s a quick study. No word yet on when the second season of the show will air (Season 1 premiered last November), but you can bet Portland’s oft-neglected hip-hop community will be watching when it does.
  • ED-JECTED: The Ed Forman Show, with ME! ED FORMAN! has always been something of a parody of Los Angeles lounge acts, so it only makes sense that, after three years at Dante’s, Forman alter ego Aaron Ross is moving his show...to Los Angeles. The final Dante’s show will be Dec. 27; Ross hopes to have an L.A. venue confirmed by then. “I wanted to have the opportunity to make [Ed Forman] a television show,” he says, “or whatever it can be in the Age of Aquarius.” The show has become a Burnside standby whose guests in the past month have included Dave Dahl of Dave’s Killer Bread and actor Peter Stormare, best known as the wood-chipper operator in Fargo. “I spent five days emailing back and forth with who I think is one of the five most terrifying guys in modern cinema, and [Stormare] was the nicest guy,” Ross said. 
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